Susan C. Méndez earned her doctorate at the University of California, Riverside and is an Associate Professor in the Department of English & Theatre at the University of Scranton. She teaches Multi-Ethnic American literature and Women’s Studies courses and primarily researches novels written by Latina/o authors. Her publications have appeared in the following journals: Centro: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Confluencia: Revista Hispanica de Cultura y Literatura, Chicana/Latina Studies, Afro-Hispanic Review, MaComère: The Journal of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars, Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, and Letras Hispanas.
Through the autobiographies of Rita Moreno, Rosie Perez, and John Leguizamo, this essay establishes a trajectory of the utilization and reformation of stereotypes for Latino/a performers so as to make these texts part of the genre of life-writing within Latino/a literature. These actors have been struggling with the stereotypical roles they enact and have reformulated them to better represent the embodied experience of being Latino/a on the stage and screen for both their sake as the individual performer but also for their community as well.
Keywords: Latino/a; stereotypical roles; performance on stage and screen; participatory resistance.
How to Cite:
Mendez, S.C., 2018. “‘Type-Cast Set’: What Autobiographies of Latino/a Performers Show About Playing to (Stereo)Type ”. Latin American Literary Review, 45(89). DOI: http://doi.org/10.26824/lalr.53